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Thursday, December 4th, 2014
10:56 am

(1 just smiled and gave me a vegemite sandwich |I said, do you speak-a my language?)

Friday, July 13th, 2012
4:47 pm
Is it me you're looking for?

(3 just smiled and gave me a vegemite sandwich |I said, do you speak-a my language?)

Monday, June 27th, 2011
6:59 am
Final Fantasy IV: The After Years
1) Why does Golbez (without his armor) look like Frankenstein's Monster? One of the great things about the DS remake (IMO) was seeing how 'normal' he looked when he took off his armor, which was vaguely reminiscent of the ending to The Invisible Man. I guess too many people complained that he looked like a wuss, though I still prefer the DS look.

2) I would have thought Palom should be in his late 20s by this period, but he looks about 15. How old was he in the original? 1? o_O Rydia also doesn't look old enough, considering she was about 17 at the end of the original.

3) How did the original cast go from being level 70+ and carrying uber powerful weapons and armor to being level 15 trainees with dime store equipment? Not to mention forgetting all their spells and summons. I call this the Karate Kid III effect.

Other than that, it's one hell of an experience to play this game. I'm still only on Palom's story, but so far it's lived up to my expectations.

(1 just smiled and gave me a vegemite sandwich |I said, do you speak-a my language?)

Sunday, November 14th, 2010
11:15 pm
Really enjoying the freelance life, the control over my long term schedule, the refreshing sanity of my current situation. I'm in the middle of a good gig with good people who actually like what I'm doing (enough that the gig was extended beyond the original contract).

I was really convinced that I hated programming by the end of my last job, but now I'm thinking I can do this in the right environment (as I'm doing now) and still get my writing in. If I ever program games again, though, it'll probably be independently. I've heard too many stories of rampant abuse. And if I ever do return to the games industry in public, it'll be as a game designer or writer, not a programmer (I did take the advice I was given about making the transition, but it didn't get me anywhere. Maybe designing and programming a simple game on my own is the answer).

Lisa and I saw Megamind yesterday. Brilliant, with lots of references for adults who grew up watching old superhero films (Superman in particular). If you see it, stay through the credits.

(I said, do you speak-a my language?)

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010
10:35 am
For people who remember the only true Transformers movie

I couldn't stop laughing during the 911 scene. Just the thing for a sick day.

(I said, do you speak-a my language?)

Friday, July 16th, 2010
7:03 am
mysterious 80s(?) film haunting my memory
I saw a clip of this once when I was a kid, but never again. The scene I remember involves a drunk old guy turning up the volume on a television while a younger guy keeps telling him to turn the volume down (the guy is drunk, and thinks he's being asked to make it louder instead of lower). The younger guy eventually attacks him and (I think) kills him, then we see him in court claiming he was possessed by the devil.

Anyone remember this, or know the title?

(I said, do you speak-a my language?)

Monday, May 10th, 2010
9:58 pm
One of my mom's best students at Fordham, also a friend of my little brother (and a big community activist), was recently mugged in the Bronx and beaten up so badly that she's recuperating in the hospital. Luckily, a bystander saw what was happening and grabbed/held the attacker down until the police came.

The girl is a graduating senior and now, obviously, she's in no shape to complete her final. My mom is giving her an A. One of the girl's other professors is trying to give her an incomplete. If there's any grounds for revoking a professor's tenure, I'd say this qualifies (assuming he persists).

Current Mood: angry

(8 just smiled and gave me a vegemite sandwich |I said, do you speak-a my language?)

Saturday, April 24th, 2010
9:55 am

(5 just smiled and gave me a vegemite sandwich |I said, do you speak-a my language?)

Sunday, April 18th, 2010
10:50 am
For those of you not on my facebook list, this past week some psychotic nutcase employee at the Mamaroneck A&P virtually assaulted me. I was looking for bottled water, minding my own business, when suddenly he walks into view and tells me to get out of his sight. I give him a "You talkin' to me?" kind of look, thinking he's a random jerk. Then he comes up to me and starts cursing at me, touched my shoulder and pulls back his other hand in a fist as if he's about to punch me. At this point I think he's not simply a jerk, he's totally batshit insane. I walk away from him and he follows me down the aisle.

I probably should have called the police, but I took the low key approach and reported him to the manager instead. I simply couldn't afford to be standing around there for hours on a weeknight. At the same time as I'm reporting him, the screwball has the audacity to come up to the manager himself with his apron off. He says "Every time that guy comes here to shop, he's always following me around and chasing me into the back room. I was gonna call the police."

I'd never seen him before that incident, or if I had, I hadn't noticed him enough to remember him. I told him "Look buddy, if you call the cops you'll be the one they arrest." He replied "No, they'll arrest YOU." At this point, the manager says he wasn't there to see what happened, so all he could do was reprimand the guy not to take matters into his own hands. He apologized for what happened and said he didn't want to lose me as a customer, etc. (no free groceries or anything, though)

I'm a little concerned about this guy popping up again randomly when I'm around town. If he harasses me again, I'll warn him to stay back. If he persists and actually assaults me, I will defend myself. Two years of Krav Maga won't entirely go to waste. I'm just wondering what I can do to dodge awkward questions from the law if I do, in fact, have to defend myself.

(5 just smiled and gave me a vegemite sandwich |I said, do you speak-a my language?)

Saturday, April 10th, 2010
10:04 pm
Sometimes I wish there was an instruction manual, or a list of rules, or things to check off. Things would be so much simpler...

Current Mood: thoughtful
1:06 pm
For a real writing update, my current novel-in-progress is titled "Epilogue." It's a post apocalyptic medieval fantasy. I was having trouble for most of the last couple of weeks until last night. It's a great feeling when you figure out what's broken about your current path of writing and know how to take corrective action.

On other fronts, Dissidia:Final Fantasy is still fun, even though I've beaten the Shade Impulse chapters with half the characters. Squaresoft should make some kind of add-on where you play through the bad guys' storylines, though unlocking the post-shade chapters seems to have done this to an extent. And what's with Garland's armor? It suggests he's some kind of monster. I get the Chaos connection, but in his backstory I'm pretty sure he was human at some point.

(I said, do you speak-a my language?)

Saturday, April 3rd, 2010
10:41 pm
April Fools (without the 'April' part)
To repost my April Fools prank of the year:

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Many of you fell for this and thought it was real. Still, a significant number of of you did not, and picked it out as an April Fools joke right away.

The people who fell for it, upon finding the truth, generally groaned and laughed. One of my friends was disappointed that it wasn't real.

A small percentage got angry. I was given these two most ridiculous arguments in a pretty sad attempt to make me feel shame:

"There are people out there who take great pleasure in hearing about your writing successes. To them, this wasn't funny."

'scuse me? Let me see if I understand this. I'm supposed to feel guilty because these other people -- many of whom I barely know -- were let down that the above description of me selling my own novel wasn't real. What planet am I on? (or maybe I should be asking what planet I'm from since I don't get this)

It gets better. I was then told "Did it occur to you that some of them might not have read more than the first sentence of your e-mail?"

There are a lot of things wrong with getting angry with me for joking about my own success when you're too lazy to read what I wrote about my success.

I suppose this has some benefit, though -- it separates the people who actually care about what I write from the people who take selfish pleasure in bragging to their associates that they know someone who sold a novel.

(please note that I'm not making a blanket statement about people who tell friends and family about my accomplishments -- only the people I described two paragraphs up).

Current Mood: angry

(5 just smiled and gave me a vegemite sandwich |I said, do you speak-a my language?)

Monday, March 29th, 2010
10:17 pm
Adding a bit to my last friends-locked post. I've often wondered what makes people fall so exactly into one stereotype or another. I tried to remember at what point I became a geek, or what made me that way. Like embryos, our souls are at one point nearly indistinguishable. I've often thought of myself as being born a geek, and I was definitely born that kind of potential, but looking deeper, I consciously chose to be a full fledged geek myself -- around age 13.

I could have been a jock, too. Not a football jock, but some other kind. I played soccer as a kid, even won an award one year. I was set to play again in 8th grade, then suddenly decided not to go on the first day. I wanted to "concentrate more on computers." It's not that I didn't enjoy soccer. It's not that I had some unbridled love of computers (I didn't, and I still really don't; my coworkers are leagues ahead of me on gadgetry and tech magazines). I wanted to be a geek for my self image. I sympathized, empathized, liked their personalities better than other types. They weren't in the pecking order. They were polite.

Sure, I had the intellect of a geek, but I was lazier than most. I took honors/AP classes because I could, not because I liked schoolwork. I hated sports not because I didn't like playing them (though watching them did become boring for me), but because I didn't care for the people who were obsessed with them. Part of the reason I don't drink falls under that shadow also. Of course, after enough persistence, much of this teenage poseur-ism calcified and became real sentiment.

Granted, my most natural geekdom emanates from my creativity and imagination; there was never a drop of poseur associated with that. But I wonder how much of that would have come to the light if I hadn't gone through with all the other pretensions.

(1 just smiled and gave me a vegemite sandwich |I said, do you speak-a my language?)

Thursday, March 25th, 2010
7:46 pm
George R.R. Martin's latest blog entry sums it up perfectly. Hopefully, though, this will have some benefit if the psychos who behave this way and actually hold some form of public office lose their jobs.

(I said, do you speak-a my language?)

Sunday, March 21st, 2010
10:42 pm
Does anyone else think they should make a more political black&white cookie called a gray? Gray icing, all around.

At the least, it would make a nice story on The Onion.

(I said, do you speak-a my language?)

Saturday, February 6th, 2010
12:20 pm
Loreena Mckennit
This is some real muse material for the fantasy writer:

(I said, do you speak-a my language?)

Sunday, January 31st, 2010
12:24 pm
more freelancing
Someone from Game Developer Magazine read that article of mine, and just offered me a pretty penny to write something for them. Looks like I'll be doing a review of FlashDevelop sometime in February.

Now, if only this started happening with my fiction.

Current Mood: egotistical

(1 just smiled and gave me a vegemite sandwich |I said, do you speak-a my language?)

Thursday, January 28th, 2010
8:58 pm
For those without facebook, I just published an article at Game Career Guide magazine.

(I said, do you speak-a my language?)

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010
3:02 pm
Just because.

(3 just smiled and gave me a vegemite sandwich |I said, do you speak-a my language?)

Sunday, January 24th, 2010
11:48 am
Writer's Block: Back from the dead
If you could experience being dead for one day to learn what happens in the afterlife, and were guaranteed to return to life the following day, would you do it? Why or why not?

Hell yes. I can't understand who wouldn't want to do this. Among other things, it would do wonders for my muse.

(1 just smiled and gave me a vegemite sandwich |I said, do you speak-a my language?)

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